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Masterful Easy Listening from a Really Likeable Fellow
on 30 September 2014
This album is exquisite easy listening, perfect for a chilled out Sunday morning. It's the first time I've bought music from this artist and I'm glad that I did. Beautiful piano melodies, gently strummed guitars, and James's highly distinctive vocal, make this collection of songs a treat. The songs are well written, the instrumentation perfectly arranged, and the slightly melancholy, but never miserable, vocals are both soothing and moving. Satellites is a slightly more lively and commercial track. Bonfire is probably the best known track here, with an instantly memorable chorus line. Heart to Heart is another instantly recognisable song, with gorgeous vocal harmonies in the chorus. Miss America is a truly lovely, singalong ballad, which I found myself singing along to on very first listen, much to my girlfriend's chagrin. The Only One is a slice of pop perfection, a song about regret when a romance goes wrong. Bones is yet another infectious ditty. Postcards is a jaunty, catchy song with sparkling piano and joyous guitar. This album is a work of polished musical craftsmanship from start to finish, it has a consistently high standard throughout. Blue On Blue is an achingly beautiful love song, very nearly on a par with You're Beautiful. Put this music on when you're driving, and suddenly your foot comes off the accelerator, as you relax to the gorgeous melodies. James Blunt seems to get a lot of bad press, but I've seen him in interviews, and he seems utterly charming, with a nice, self-deprecating wit. I don't like buying music from artists who are unlikeable, but James is a guy who seems as nice as his music, and I'm happy to be a new admirer of his work.